The Next Generation Internet: NSF Announces Awards for New High Performance Connections
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Today the National Science Foundation recommended the first set of 13 awards for innovative high performance connections.
As more and more increasingly sophisticated tools are developed for the Internet, the demand for high performance connections grows, especially within the research and education community. In March, the National Science Foundation introduced a new twist to its connections program to help solve the problem: emphasizing innovative solutions that may eventually have broad implications for the next generation of the Internet. Funding has now been recommended for the first set of 13. About 35 more applications will be considered in the second round.
"There is no single ideal solution--as evidenced by the fact that we have already received so many strong, fundable proposals," said Mark Luker, who manages the program for NSF. "We've asked researchers to come to us with a demonstrated need for high performance networking and a willingness to work toward innovative solutions with their campus network providers--and clearly there is a great interest in the community."
New applications include distributed computing, remote access to instruments, visualization of weather, chemical reactions, medicine, multimedia collaboration and others, all of which depend on the advanced capabilities of the vBNS, NSF's high performance backbone network.
These connections are expected to form the core of a new community for advanced applications of networking that will speed the pace of research and development in the U.S.
The following are examples of the types of awards, with contact information:
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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